Vandals slash Christmas inflatables in Bellevue

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

BELLEVUE, Tenn. (WKRN) – From pumpkin smashers to Santa slashers, the community of Bellevue may have a Grinch on their hands.

The Hudson family, who live in the Traceside neighborhood, came home to what looked like a Christmas massacre Tuesday night as five of their inflatable Christmas decorations had been slashed.

“There were big gash marks in all of them that were out front,” Diana Hudson told News 2.

The Hudson family stands in front of their newly replaced inflatables. (Photo: WKRN)
The Hudson family stands in front of their newly replaced inflatables. (Photo: WKRN)

The inflatable slasher hit their 6 foot Frosty the worst, stabbing him 4 times. The vandal slashed their Santa inflatable, too.

“Apparently he felt threatened by Frosty with a candy cane,” Hudson said with a laugh.

While the value of the damage was more than $500, the Hudson’s told News 2 it’s not about the money.

“I don’t know why somebody would do that. It’s not funny and what are you really gaining from it? You’re not taking anything from me, you are taking a memory from a kid,” said Hudson.

Her 10-year-old daughter Kathryn was heartbroken over the senseless crime.

“It meant a lot to me because they have so many memories to me,” she told News 2.

The inflatables have been a tradition for the Hudson family since 7-year-old Cody was born.

“It made me feel really sad,” he said.

The Hudson’s didn’t let the Grinch steal their Christmas spirit. Instead they bought more inflatables and repaired what they could.

“Their memory isn’t going to be about that and what happened. Their memory is going to be about what we have now and what we will continue to have in the future,” said Diana.

The group took a photo in front of their new inflatables holding signs that read, “You can’t ruin Christmas!” and posted it on social media, in hopes the vandal will stop.

Several other Bellevue neighbors were also hit by vandals this week.

The Hudson’s filed a police report.